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Creating a woodland management plan

1. Read updated guidance on how to create a plan

a) Guidance to help you to complete a woodland management plan successfully using the FC  plan template, the Inventory and Plan of Operations worksheet and associated maps is provided in the link above.

Please read this guidance thoroughly and refer to it regularly when drafting documentation for a woodland management plan.

2. Complete one of the following templates:

a)    The full woodland management plan template can be used for any size of woodland and is suitable for submission under the Countryside Stewardship capital item PA3 Woodland management plan.

  • Macro enabled template - Currently unavailable
  • Download macro disabled template – suitable for all versions of MS Word and Mac users.
  • The myForest service provides an online woodland management plan template, based on the FC full woodland management plan template, and this meets the requirements for receiving Countryside Stewardship funding.

b)    For non-FC woodland management plan templates that do not match the FC full woodland plan template in structure or composition, a Cover Sheet is provided to wrap the non-standard woodland management plan in. This cover sheet states the UKFS criteria being assessed and provides a consistent framework for FC to review the plan.

c)    The small woodland management plan template is for a woodland area less than 10 hectares. It can be used to apply for a felling licence but cannot be used if you are receiving funding to prepare a woodland management plan through Countryside Stewardship.

3. Create an inventory & plan of operations

The inventory and plan of operations must be completed and submitted alongside the management plan template. It sets out the inventory of your woodland(s) and information relating to felling and restocking and is necessary for issuing a felling licence.

  • Inventory and Plan of Operations (formula) -  This version has various formulas that highlight where errors exist on the data input on the worksheets, enabling you to make corrections before submitting for review.
  • Inventory and Plan of Operations (non-formula) – This version has no formula and requires you to enter data more than once. This worksheet will not highlight any data errors, and may have to be returned to you for corrections.

4. Produce a map

Maps are an excellent way to communicate information to support a management plan.  You can create a map using the myForest service or your own Geographic Information Systems. To create a map to support a grant application you will need to submit a map request to the Forestry Commission.

5. Submit your management plan to the Administrative Hub covering your area

This should include:

a)    A completed woodland management plan template

b)    An inventory and plan of operations

c)    A map

d)    A plan submission proforma if you are receiving funding from the Countryside Stewardship scheme.

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Last updated: 24th March 2018